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HP releasing Star Wars Special Edition notebook

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 7:32 pm

Not long ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie launch and about a week before the Star Wars: Battlefront game launch, HP is releasing its Star Wars Special Edition Pavillion notebook.




It's a cheeky love letter of sorts to the hardcore Star Wars fan that packs in Star Wars sound bytes (like R2-D2 talking when you plug or unplug devices), a Death Star themed recycle bin icon that changes depending on how full it is, and a treasure trove of over 1,100 behind the scenes images, storyboards, artwork, audio selections, concept art, and more (which you can browse via the "Star Wars Command Center").


As for hardware, you can choose between a Skylake Core i5 or i7 CPU and Intel HD Graphics 520 or NVIDIA GeForce 940M7 GPUs, and set yourself up with as much as 12GB of RAM and 2TB storage. The display is a welcome 15.6'' and can be made touchscreen; an optical drive and B&O tuned speakers are also included; the battery will last you about seven hours. This is not the gaming laptop you are looking for, but if you're a Star Wars geek, it may be worth the $699.99 they're asking (an extra $39.99 if you want the themed wireless mouse and sleeve) over the $549.99 for the non-themed version.


The notebook is available for pre-order starting tomorrow, October 8; shipment starts November 8.

GeForce drivers, SLI profile prepare you for Battlefront beta

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 6:46 pm

NVIDIA has released its GeForce 358.50 drivers today, in order to improve performance in the Star War Battlefront open beta. Along with that comes an SLI profile, also specifically aimed improving performance in Battlefront. You can grab both at the source.




The beta begins tomorrow. You should be able to get started via the Origin client when the time comes.


Battlefront is developed by DICE, the guys behind the acclaimed Battlefield series. Word on the Internet is the game was surprisingly fun in the closed beta. However, it doesn't support dedicated servers.

Google wants to improve mobile web performance

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 6:07 pm

Google met with technology companies and publishers recently to discuss the issue of slow loading websites on mobile, an issue they believe causes significant revenue loss for website owners.




Following the talks, they've launched the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project. As you can probably tell from the name, the aim is to improve mobile browsing performance, but it's also to better how code functions across all the different devices available today.


The project is built on AMP HTML, "a new open framework built entirely out of existing web technologies, which allows websites to build light-weight webpages."


More than 30 publishers have signed on to start. Among them: Wordpress and Twitter.

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HP's 4K FreeSync monitor 'Envy' revealed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 5:18 pm

HP has pulled back the curtain on its newest display: a 32'' 4K monster with FreeSync support that it dubs "Envy." With this addition, AMD says it is now up to 10 partners and 24 displays on the FreeSync front.




HP boasts great viewing angles from nearly anywhere on the Envy, plus state of the art integrated speakers complete with quick access audio controls, heaps of ports, smartphone streaming support, and a remote control.


Envy retails for $499.

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Fly the Small But Mighty SKEYE Pico Drone

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 4:17 pm



Looks can be deceiving. Case in point? The SKEYE Pico Drone, the smallest and most lightweight drone in the world, as powerful as it is tiny. Get it for $34.99 at TweakTown Deals.


The SKEYE Pico Drone is small enough to sit on the tip of your finger, but it won't stay there long-take it out for up to eight minutes of flight time and watch it flip, hover, zip, and dive through the tightest of spaces. You can even fly it at night, thanks to its built-in LED lights. Either way, with three levels and the six-axis flight control system, beginners and experts alike will fly the SKEYE Pico with ease (and if you hit a bump or two, one of the four extra rotor blades will get you back in the air in no time). When you're done, just pack it away inside its own controller.


Don't miss your chance to own the smallest, most lightweight drone in the world. Get the SKEYE Pico for $34.99 at TweakTown Deals.

CS:GO is majorly dysfunctional for Australians and in New Zealanders

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 1:33 pm

This article is as much news as it is a warning, with many Australian and New Zealanders becoming overly frustrated at a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) issue plaguing local servers. This problem will see players often removed from the game without warning, with their client informing this unfortunate soul that there is an authentication error on their end in regards to VAC.




Ok, you've been disconnected but that's all good, just reconnect and play - right? Wrong. This issue often means players are unable to reconnect, meaning they are issued lengthy matchmaking bans for 'abandoning'. As a first offense, a matchmaking ban can be as short as 30 minutes, but for those experiencing this VAC issue time and time again, bans of 7-14 days are not uncommon.


Without any word from Valve just yet about any possible fix, angry people have taken to Reddit in order to voice their opinions. As written by Alex Walker from Kotaku, many games end up finishing with only three or four players connected on each team.

Synology teases new OS for its NAS range, Apple Watch app for 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 1:01 pm

Synology has teased that it is making some very large changes in 2016, where the NAS maker will be unveiling its new DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.0 operating system, apps for wearables like the Apple Watch, advanced network attached storage (NAS) products, and its first ever router - the Synology RT1900ac.



The company will launch the DSM 6.0 beta today, with the full release scheduled for sometime in 2016. Synology Marketing Manager Jason Bonoan said: "Synology is more than NAS devices. Many of our business customers use our DiskStations and RackStations as replacement servers. So, it makes sense that SMEs and SMBs asked for more features for virtualization, data protection, disaster recovery, and productivity apps. We've listened and redesigned our OS and hardware to meet their demands".


On the consumer side of things, Synology is working on being the first to support Apple Watch with DSM 6.0. Synology's updated OS will be the first to support Apple Watch, where users can "use simple gestures or voice control to quickly check or create notes, or enjoy their favorite music - whenever and wherever they want". Inside of DSM 6.0 will be a new Video Station which is "refreshingly new, strikingly intuitive" according to the company. Synology added: "the completely redesigned Video Station will use a popular on-screen button layout, making navigation smoother and more intuitive than ever. New support for offline transcoding and Windows 10 enables users to switch between different devices and platforms - so they can enjoy an uninterrupted viewing experience".

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Tesla P85D smashes two Motorsport cars in drag race

By: Chris Smith | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 12:36 pm

In a recent road test completed by Car Advice, we were able to find out exactly how fast Tesla's P85D is. Pitted against a 680hp modified Holden Walkinshaw W507 and Super Cheap Auto Racing's 650+hp V8 supercars race car was the 'humble' electric Tesla P85D.



The Walkinshaw W507 is a special upgrade package applied to Holden's VF series LSA GTS Maloo, this pack includes goodies such as a supercharger pulley upgrade, ceramic coated headers and cats plus more, generating a massive 507kw (680hp) at the crank. All of this performance was no match for the P85D, with Paul Maric noting that not only did the P85D win by four whole car lengths, but the controlled launch of the P85D really propelled it ahead from the beginning.


Next up was the V8 supercars competitor, developed and designed as a circuit racing car and with its actual professional driver within. Although a whole lot of weight reduction and more has been thrown into this model, the P85D still edged it out by two car lengths in total.

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Riot considers G2A sponsorship ban, asks teams to follow suit

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 11:33 am

Due to breaking Riot Games' guidelines by selling League of Legends accounts and offering 'boosting services' to players looking at a higher rank, they have now been banned from sponsoring any World Championship participants. Due to this fact, Riot has been asking teams to remove logos instantly.




Complying with this request, large international gaming organisations including Cloud 9, CLG, H2k and paiN gaming have all removed their support for this ex-sponsor.


As announced and confirmed by The Daily Dot, Riot employee J. "Riot Sargonas" Eckert dealt the final blow. Eckert publicly stated that "This was NOT a decision we made lightly, and came after many weeks of back and fourth conversations with G2A to find a resolution, which we were not able to reach an agreement on. We do not at all enjoy affecting the income of the teams, but the LCS rules include guidelines specifically against this sort of thing. We did however keep teams in the loop during the process in an attempt to avoid any surprises."

DICE says there will be no microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2015 10:32 am

Straying away from all of the 'money hungry' memes and the direction of Bungie's new funding goals, a DICE senior developer on the Star Wars Battlefront project has pledged that there will be no microtransactions in his game.




In an interview with GameSpot, Niklas Fegraus stated that paying real money for Star Wars goodies is "not part of the core design," adding that the only way to earn credits is through gameplay alone.


Adding that this ingame currency is earned through performance, Fegraus expanded on some usefulness when you're rolling around in virtual coins; "The coolest things you can get is star cards to best suit your play style. If you really like to snipe, for example, you should totally go for the blaster cannon. Or if you're looking for something cool in terms of expressing yourself, then I would say if you gather a lot of credits, you can buy some expensive in-game items, such as being able to play as an alien race. You can be a Rodian while everyone else is human."

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